At a time when established superstars are making their way into OTT, you must debut in the digital space. How does it feel?
It feels wonderful. I am grateful to have debuted in the digital space, which is just another medium to show your craft. It was OTT that gave me my first break, so it will always be special to me. And the best part was that it was with the best people in the business: Dinesh Vijan, Mrighdeep Singh Lamba and Simarpreet Singh.
How was he in front of the camera for the first time?
It wasn’t exactly the first time. I had faced the camera before for commercials and short films. But yeah, for a long format, it was the first time and it felt surreal that I finally got a chance to do what I always wanted to do.
What kind of reactions have you been getting so far for ‘Jutzpah’?
The reactions have been overwhelming. I have received so many messages and calls. At first, I thought that people would despise me for the character I played, but the audience is smart enough to differentiate between the actor and the character. They found my character Prateek despicable but, at the same time, they showered me with love. Feed your artistic soul.
How and when did you decide to become an actor?
My story is very different from most people’s. I didn’t know anything about acting, and yet I decided to come to Mumbai. I was learning to act and, at the same time, also to audition. However, when I got to know the process of acting, how when you build your character, you observe different people, you learn about human emotions, you learn about yourself and how you react in different situations, you get closer to yourself and that’s the beauty of this art: I fell in love with it and realized that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
Were you a movie buff growing up? Who did you grow up idolizing?
I used to see a lot Bollywood films. I was a huge fan of this industry, but cinema, for me, was just a form of entertainment growing up. He was not aware of the beautiful work of art in which it was composed. He idolizes Ranbir Kapoor; It is brilliant! Irrfan Khan Sahab was by far the best Bollywood actor.
Like Siddhant Chaturvedi and Bhumi Pednekar, you have also worked in casting. Tell us something about your experience there …
I feel like you learn a lot when you are behind the camera.
You are also a music lover. Do you have someone you admire from the Indian music industry?
My love for music is tremendous, and if I wasn’t an actor, I would have become a musician. But I can do both, actually. I really admire Richa Sharma. His song is moving. AR Rahman’s music is a delight to the ears.
If your Instagram is something to go through, you are also a fitness enthusiast. How important do you think fitness is, especially in these times?
Yes, fitness is something I support. I think it is about time that people started taking health seriously, especially after this pandemic. I’m not talking about having strong abs and a toned body, but your body should be strong and healthy from the inside out. Currently, I am reading ‘Ikigai’; people should read that book and learn how important it is to exercise and eat healthy regularly.
Who, according to you, is the fittest actor in Bollywood?
John Abraham is my fitness idol. Even Tiger Shroff and Hrithik Roshan are in great shape.
An actress with whom you would love to share space on the screen …
I would love to work with Alia bhatt someday. She is so easy!
A filmmaker you would love to work with …
I would love to work with Imtiaz Ali, sir, for his soulful and Sufi filmmaking style. I even want to work with Anurag Kashyap, sir, for his real and unapologetic cinema.
Among the new players in the industry, who do you think has a lot of potential?
Ishaan khatter He is very talented. I worked with him on a commercial; It was too good!
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